SD Sportswriters Association Announces Year-End Award Winners

The SD Sportswriters Association announced its year-end winners for 2022. They are…

Sports Celebrity – Becky Hammon (LV Aces Head Coach)

  • Won WNBA Title in 1st season as HC of Aces

Independent Male Athlete – Shane Van Boening (Rapid City billiards)

  • Became the No. 1 ranked player in the world by the World Pool-Billiard Association. The 39-year-old has won over 100 titles in his career, and in April won the 2022 WPA World Nine-ball Championship in England.

Independent Female Athlete – Reese Jansa (SF golf)

  • Won 2nd-straight State AA Title

Independent Team – RC Rush (hockey)

  • Snapped 7-year playoff drought & fell in 2nd round of playoffs

College Male Athlete – Tanner Berg (NSU T&F)

  • Won NCAA DII National Title in hammer throw

College Men’s Coach – Ryan Thompson (BHSU MBB)

  • BHSU MBB won its 1st RMAC Tourney Title, got to the DII Tourney for the 1st time, and lost to NW MO in the Final Four

College Men’s Team – SDSU basketball

  • Went 18-0 in the Summit League, 3-0 in the conference tourney, then fell to Providence in the 1st round of the NCAA Tourney

College Female Athlete – Elizabeth Juhnke (USD VB)

  • Led nation in kills & points to help team make NCAA Tourney before they lost a tough 5-setter to Houston in a match that saw her get injured in the 4th set. She became the 1st Coyote to reach 2,000 career kills.

College Women’s Coach – Lindsay Wilber (DWU VB)

  • Made the NAIA Quarterfinals for the 1st time & picked up five wins against Top-10 teams

College Women’s Team – USD basketball

  • Went 17-1 in the Summit League & made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tourney for the 1st time. Took out Mississippi & Baylor in the tourney.

Prep Boys Athlete – Simeon Birnbaum (RCS runner)

  • Set state records in the mile, 3200m, and 800m

Prep Boys Coach – Jake Terry (Elk Point-Jefferson FB)

  • Won 11B title eight years after a winless debut season

Prep Boys Team – Wall football

  • Won 9AA title – their 1st football title since ’94. The team fell in the semis the prior two years.

Prep Girls Athlete – Bergen Reilly (O’Gorman VB)

  • Has played for the Team USA National Team and will continue her VB career at Nebraska

Prep Girls Coach – Molly Mason (Viborg-Hurley basketball)

  • Won the State B Title as the 8-seed

Prep Girls Team – Pierre wrestling

  • Seven of their ten wrestlers made the semis as they won the 1st-ever SD girls wrestling title